November 14, 2013

Code of Conduct

MCC strongly supports a code of conduct in an effort to help create a culture amongst all cyclists to be more responsible and take ownership of their conduct when using the roads.  It is based upon cyclists adopting a Self-Regulated Code of Conduct when using the roads.  The Self-Regulated Code of Conduct for cyclists will assist in making the roads a safer place for all road users.

As the number of bikes and cars on our roads increases, we all have a role to play when we head out on the road, and that is to be responsible every time. We all have a right to use the road, however to ensure safety and mutual respect, responsible cycling and driving is essential for a good relationship on our roads.  We all make mistakes.  Be courteous and anticipate others’ mistakes.  Always look to improve your own driving and cycling by getting more information and being prepared to acknowledge your own mistakes so as not to repeat them.  And remember, in an increasingly obese and polluted world where the roads are congested, cycling tackles all three issues.

  • Cyclists must stop at red lights – you will gain the respect of motorists and it’s the law!
  • Keep to the left on the road to allow clear passage for passing traffic
  • Wear a helmet, brightly coloured clothing and have lights on your bike
  • Be predictable and always indicate your intentions
  • Ride two abreast but be courteous if the road narrows
  • Communication is the key – signal or call your intentions and hazards to ensure your safety and the safety of those near you
  • At lights and intersections, stay in position behind queued vehicles rather than rolling up the side of stopped traffic

The Amy Gillett Foundation has been established to promote a safe and harmonious relationship of shared respect between cyclists and motorists. It aims to reduce the incidence of death and injury caused by the interaction of the two groups, by:

  • Raising awareness amongst cyclists and motorists of the need for a safe and harmonious relationship of shared respect
  • Educating cyclists and motorists
  • Conducting and funding research to inform and guide the AGF’s policies and programs influencing public policy and spending.

For a full copy of the Code of Conduct from AGF click here

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Furthermore, MCC has a Code of Conduct for all members.

The purpose of the Code of Conduct (Code) is to describe the type of behaviour which Mornington Cycling Club (MCC) is seeking to promote and encourage its members and supporters to adopt.

GOVERNANCE The code shall be known as Mornington Cycling Club Code of Conduct. In particular, it shall apply to:

Persons acting for and on behalf of MCC

Members of MCC

Athletes, coaches, managers and support staff of MCC

Persons participating in MCC events

  • Officials, Commissaires and support personnel assisting or conducting MCC events
  • KEY PRINCIPLES MCC wishes to operate in an environment where people show respect for others and their property. Respect is defined as consideration for another’s physical and emotional well being and possessions, to ensure no damage or deprivation is caused to either.
  • MCC wishes to operate in an environment that is free from harassment. Harassment is defined as any action directed at an individual or group that creates a hostile, intimidating or offensive environment.
  • MCC wishes to operate in a non-discriminatory environment. Respect the right, dignity and worth of every human being – within the context of the activity, treat everyone equally regardless of gender, ethnic origin or religion.
  • Persons to whom this Code applies acknowledge and agree to comply with the disciplinary and grievance procedures promulgated by MCC

KEY ELEMENTS All persons who are bound by this code shall:

  • Act in a manner which is compatible with the interests of MCC
  • Accord people involved in cycling with the appropriate courtesy, respect and regard for their rights and obligations;
  • Treat people’s property with respect and due consideration of its value;
  • Show a positive commitment to MCCs policies, rules, procedures, guidelines and agreements;
  • UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR This list provides examples of behaviour deemed to be unsuitable and not in the best interests of the sport.
  • ‘Sledging’ other athletes, officials or event organisers. Sledging is defined as a statement that is deemed to denigrate and/or intimidate another person, or behaviour likely to constitute emotional abuse.
  • Excessive use of alcohol, acting in a way that becomes a public nuisance, or creating a public disturbance.
  • Damaging another person’s property or depriving them of that property.
  • Sexual relations between an appointed official and a junior athlete (under the age of consent), irrespective of the wishes and desires of the athlete. In all other cases such relations are strongly discouraged.
  • Any physical contact with athletes shall be appropriate to the situation and be necessary for the further development of the athlete’s skill.
  • The use or encouragement of the use banned substances. (The banned substance list is as outlined under CA’s Anti-Doping Policy.)
  • Statements which are deemed to denigrate the group that an individual is representing.
  • Any form of harassment.

The above principles have been adapted from the St Kilda Cycling Club Code of Conduct